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Sourced from a geographically diverse and prestigious line-up -Sagemoor's Dionysus; Pepperbridge; Seven Hills; Wallula (all listed with percentages on the label) - the Boudreaux 2008 Merlot is responsible for the most peculiar and original surprise any wine from this ubiquitous grape has administered to my nose. Spirituous manifestations of dark berries, smoky suggestions of (wait! it really is from) brand new toasted hickory wood (40% of the barrel mix), peat, and cocoa all reconvene along with sweet, tart-edged dried cherry on a palate fine-grained in tannin as well as remarkably juicy and exuberant for a wine that features distilled and dried fruit allusions and 80% of which was raised in new barrels (the non-hickory ones are ordinary French oak). The surprises don't stop here, as there is a strongly alkaline mineral streak running all the way through this Merlot's long, sappy, clinging finish and contributing welcome counterpoint to its otherwise flamboyant and exotic characteristics.
92 Points - Wine Advocate
Merlot has a reputation for producing smooth, velvety wines that vary depending upon the climate and soil type. Warm conditions on clay soils often produce soft, fruit forward styles. Cool, higher elevation sites produce wine with a slightly more austere structure. It still reigns as one of the world's most noble varieties forming the majority of the blend in Bordeaux’s right bank vineyards of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. It is now prevalent across the world, achieving particular success in South America, California, and Washington. In central Italy, Merlot is either bottled as a varietal or blended with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon to form Indicazione Geografica Tipica's (IGT), known as Super Tuscans.
Country: United States
Although wine is made in all 50 states, it is understandable, with almost 90% of the country's production, that California is synonymous with domestic wine. As of 2010 harvest, reports indicate that Washington, New York & Oregon account for additional 6% of production, meanwhile Virginia, Missouri and Texas's wine industries are growing to a point beyond that of just a tourist attraction.
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used.
Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.